Tuesday, September 8, 2009

This Time Last Year

I can't remember what it was like before now.

Next month, Brian and I will have been married one year, and I can't remember what it was like to live without him sharing the bed with me. I feel like we've been sharing the sheets for my whole life (in a good way). This time last year I was in a frenzied rush trying to finish up the wedding preparations and gathering up the last RSVP's. Brian was busy coordinating moving my furniture out to Houston in amongst all the Hurricane Ike flurry.

With this new Fall season, a lot of people I know are embarking on their new journey too. Fall Weddings are gorgeous, and the air is full of Bouquet talk, Cake questions, Music suggestions, and other Wedding Chatter.

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I remember one of my questions was whether or not to wear a veil. I had a very fitted dress, and while I loved the delicate and soft look of a veil, and the tradition behind it, I didn't think it would fit well with my dress. I searched high and lov for the perfect hair clip, but couldn't find anything I wanted, and ended up wearing a lovely fresh white orchid in my hair. But how typical - now that my wedding is almost a year behind me, I have found a LOVELY store I would have loved to have gotten my hair pretties from.

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Quirky Beauty is a lovely Toronto-based Etsy store run by the inspiring and creative Dana. Dana is a Fashion Stylist, Painter and Illustrator, and her husband is a Wedding Photographer, so this combination of talent obviously lends itself well to a store that sells lovely wedding hair accessories. But their store isn't only for Wedding Pretties, they also have lovely necklaces and hair accessories for a night out on the town, or a casual get-together with friends. Either way - everything is gorgeous.

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Each piece is meticulously hand-beaded with great attention to detail. I love the romantic femininity of each item, and how there's something for every personality-type in this store. Dana's inspiration is drawn from vintage fashion, British heritage (she is a major anglofile), family and textiles, and she prefers not to look at similar types of designer's work so that her vision and style are never influenced by anything but her own passions.

Another great thing about Quirky Beauty is that being in Toronto, Dana is able to source a lot of her materials locally. According to Dana, it's a great city for fashion and art and culture. In addition to a Little India and a Little Korea, it has TWO Chinatowns! From the way Dana describes this city, it makes me really want to go!

Among her favorites are colors like Tomato-red, Navy Blue, Olive Green and as for her favorite dessert - CHERRY CHEESECAKE!!!

Dana is generously giving away one of her lovely hair accessories to one of you guys! To enter this giveaway, please leave me a comment here letting me know what you were doing this time last year, and also which of these three items you would want if you won: 1, 2, 3.

(photographs taken from Quirky Beauty)

94 comments:

DesBisoux said...

what a sweet giveaway! i love #2.
i can't believe it's fall again.a year ago, i had just lost my mom over the summer and my then boyfriend was cheating on me.september 2008 is so foggy i have not one clear memory of it!
but i'm here now, september 2009 and it's all good.xxx

MYSAVIOR said...

Love #2 for my pretty daughter,Jenifer.
Last year at this time, I was doing what I always do in September. Gearing up for the best time of the year. The Holidays!!!
Now if you would ask about 4 years ago, we were preparing for my daughter, Jodi's Fall wedding. It was just gorgeous. Her wedding cake was decorated with Fall flowers, fruits and leaves.

Sue

Christie Cottage said...

Pretty!


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Nicole Marie said...

oh congratulations on almost one year!! i bet the time just flew by!

this time last year i had just moved into my new adorable apartment and i remember just being so happy and loving exploring the neighborhood and city with my doggie!

Sher said...

Oh I think i'm in love with #2 as well!

Last year this time, my bf had to leave to Scotland to further his studies, I remembered crying and crying when he left at the airport...
I'm thankful that we're still very much in love and going strong:)

Maki said...

You were such a beautiful bride!!!!

I remember I was planning JT's birthday around this time last year, just like I'm doing the planning for his birthday now.

I somehow always go for green = 3!
xo

Ashley Yazzie said...

This time last year? I was performing in a children's theater production at the Santa Monica Playhouse. I love the theater, and children-put them together....Bliss!

I would love the Jessica black leaf barrette. How cute are they?

Cheers,
Ash

Tambria said...

You're one year anniversary is almost here! Doesn't the time just fly by? Did you save the top tier of your wedding cake and freeze it? My hubby and I did and surprisingly it was pretty good. LOL! :)

Around this time last year, our company (Exquisite Event Planning) had just planned a beautiful wedding at one of our favorite, local venues and a grand opening for our clients. We were also gearing up for the Susan G Komen Race For the Cure.

I love #2, the gold & black beaded leaf headband.

Anna said...

i think fall weddings are the BEST! {i hope to plan mine one day for a lovely fall evening...}

last year right now i was starting my 2nd year of college and living in the dorms for the second year. it was a blast, but this year is even better! time really flies. oh my!

i bet your wedding was absolutely wonderful!!!

{i love #3, what a great giveaway!}
xoxo-

Carol said...

I've heard the first year just flies by! So exciting, congrats!

Nina said...

This time last year I was enjoying myself at a concert! Love item #2, by the way!

photojoy said...

Yes, time flies and aren't they sweet,all the memories about the wedding including the days before and after the wedding! Now you and Brian keep sharing all the memories and that will be your whole life history. How exciting! And I love your drawing of flowers. What I was doing this time last year? I was just happy enjoying my daily life with my family and my friends.

Lizzy said...

This time last year I had just gotten home from my two month mission trip to the Philippines and I was just beginning my second year in college. It's pretty similar to what I'm doing now!

I love no. 2. Lovely!

Lizzy

www.lizzygray.net

Jaime said...

Those pieces are stunning- I love special, hand made headbands!

Last year, I was grappling with the fact that I was 2 years out of college and still wishing I was in back to school mode. I also had just started my new job search. One year later, I am still looking for a job and still wanting a first day of school! haha.

If I win, and yes you can take pity on me and my job search :(, I would love the green #3!

Meghan said...

Congrats on your one-year anniversary!

This time last year was rough. My fiancee and I had lived together for 3 years but moved apart for 10 months to save money for our wedding, which was on July 24th. I also developed a knee injury and had to stop training for the Chicago Marathon. It was a difficult time, but now I am married and the husband and I have a great new place!

And I LOVE #3!!!!

Michelle said...

I miss sharing sheets with my boyfriend. It's like a sleepover every night! You should share some of your wedding pictures - I'd love to see them!

As for the hair pieces, they are all exquisite! Though I am partial to the black beaded barette.

Amanda K said...

Happy Anniversary to you & Brian!!

I love #2. This time last year I passed the NCLEX and became a RN!!

maggisaar said...

1 year ago I was just getting back to work after being out for 2 weeks to recover from having my (stupid) appendix removed. I was sore and it was hard to move, and I still have the ugly scar to remind me of it all. And I was getting ready for a wedding coming up that weekend for a friend of mine.

I love #3 the best!

Pamela said...

How lovely!! If I could do my wedding over I think I'd plan to have it in the fall instead of summer...I love Autumn! (btw,I love your bouquet illustration!)

This time last year I believe I was canning pears and making pear leather while living in Medford, Oregon!! Our church owns a welfare pear orchard there, where millions of pounds of pears are picked and distributed around the world to those in need. After the picking is done, we were allowed to go back and 'glean' the trees for missed pears...boy, we did we get a lot!! And as a matter of fact, I was just given a bushel of pears so I'm going to be doing the same today! How funny!

I love #3--green is one of my favorite colors, and how fitting...the pears I'll be dehydrating today are green! hehe

AMKreations said...

Fall is my ultimate favorite season of year, however I was married in spring...equally as beautiful in its own right. I love the vibrant colors that fall offers...and my sis-in-law will be wed this October, so I will experience my first fall wedding! I'm looking forward to it...I need to find a dress! =)

I like the band in #4. =)

b. said...

what sweet, sweet memories!!! and these,

pieces are sooo very pretty. i like #1 the best, the gold-ish color one that looks like leaves.

sadly, my memories aren't so sweet. my dear dog was suffering with cancer and so im reminded that this was exactly a year ago. i cant believe its been a year already. at this exact mment last year, i only had a little over a month left with him.

Hilary Leister said...

My life was SO immensely different (and less exciting) this time last year...

I hadn't started working for my school paper, hadn't dated in years was still only 20 years old... After birthday 21 last November, things significantly picked up :)

I like #2, the "Gold and Black Leaf Beaded Headband"...

SimplyValorie said...

Those pieces are stunning! I'd love number 2 :]

Let's see, this time last year... I was starting my freshman year of college, finally settling in. I was rushing my sorority, and looking for other organizations to get involved in (I never found one!).

Kristin said...

This time last year I had a new baby and was verrrrrrrrrry sleepy. : ) Love the leaf band!

Latish Angeline said...

A year ago today I woke up in my new apartment in Oakland, starting a new life which was so deserved and hard to come by. I had a rough year up until then and have been happy ever since.

Amanda said...

Stunning-I'm still trying to figure out the veil/no veil debate for my wedding.

Kaye Prince said...

Happy almost anniversary Dionne! This time last year I was working six days a week trying to find one job that could pay me enough money to pay all my bills! Fast forward to today and I'm in the middle of the first day of my Masters (my my, how things can change)!

Toronto! You know who else lives in Toronto right? If you ever want to come and visit the city you and Brian can come and stay with Alex and I. Open invitation for whenever you want! This hair jewellery is gorgeous and I like number 2 the best.

First day of school has been good so far; I haven't made any new friends since I'm so shy when I first meet people but hopefully this will change. Thanks for saying you liked my bracelet; if you'd like me to make you one, let me know!

Hello, darling said...

Happy Anniversary in advance ♥

Lindsey said...

Dionne, I too would have loved to wear one of these new fad-tastic pretties, but like you I had a lovely real flower. Grandpa brought an orchid, but I chose a big orange lilly and my sis got the orchid! Oh, and don't make me choose, I love them all!

Lindsey said...

Naw, scratch that, I'd pick the green one. It matches my new couch...ha!

rachel said...

ooh! i am planning my own wedding (in the beginning stages now), and i will certainly visit this shop again as i prepare! i like #2, as my ring is gold and my dress will be off-white. i love the look, i think it would tame my quite unruly curls (at least in the front).

this time last year ... i had just quit one job that was an awful fit for me, and, due to pure luck i believe, found a new job the very next week! however, it didn't start for a month, and so i spent last September pretty much hangin out. Now its been a year, and i love my new job. So funny, how one thing leads to another - one bad experience opens your eyes to where you should be, and opens doors to lead you there.

Quilt Works said...

Congratulations! Wonderful post!

Kristin said...

Oh those are so pretty! I don't have a favorite, and am having a hard time remember what I was doing this time last year. I think we were in LA for a friend's wedding? Congratulations to you on your one year anniversary -- how exciting! ;)

sarsosari said...

I sent my oldest off to kindergarten this time last year. (Today was her first day of 1st grade.) I love #3!! So pretty :)

Renn said...

ooh! choose me! choose me! last time this year i was frantically baking pumpkin bread for something or other. and i LOVE number 3!

orion`s daughter said...

Number 3 is my fave.

This time last year, my son and I were getting into the fifth grade groove, and preparing for the local Witches' Ball on Halloween.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Last year at this time, I had only just started working at my first job (aside from freelance), and I was meeting all sorts of new, wonderful people. :)

If I won, I would want the Gold and Black Beaded Leaf Headband (# 2).

Congrats to you and Brian. One year...how exciting! :)

simplesong said...

what very lovely pieces! love # 2!

Nancy said...

Happy almost anniversary, it's so great to be married :) I like #3 Last year I had just graduated and that's when I started painting for my etsy shop.

debbiekl said...

A year ago I was celebrating my sons first birthday. We just celebrated his 2nd. Fun! I'd choose the Green Leaf Headband

Lily said...

i love number one!

Sherry said...

I love number one! :)

sherrygo at hotmail dot com

Sherry said...

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Koo and Poppet said...

oh and this time last year I was 8 months pregnant!

Koo and Poppet said...

oops, my first comment didnt work....

I love the green leaf headband. They are all lovely.

Everytime I read your blog I am transfixed by your amazing illustrations. They are so SO beautiful.

TopHat said...

This time last year I had a little 5 month old. I was trying cloth diapers seriously for the first time and planning our Halloween costumes. My daughter was a mini Dr. Horrible!
I think my favorite is #3.

JennTRC said...

This time last year I was starting my last year of college!

Now I'm starting grad school ;)

I'd like the green leaf handband (number 3) :)

jrerwin6 at gmail dot com

Summer said...

I was packing to move - ick...packing! I would love the green feather/leaf one!

lyndsey | paper girl said...

ooh, i love #2 -- but they're all beautiful! and YAY for almost your one-year anniversary!!

Bunny B said...

This time last year, I was waiting for my cute lil nephew to pop out! :P Wow, he's grown so big now :)

I would love to win no.2! Thanks!

bunnybx at gmail . com

Swaddle Babies said...

Congratulations on your upcoming anniversary! This time last year my daughter was only 8 months old! She looks so small in pictures from back then!

I would love to win #2 :)

Priscilla at MySwaddleBabies dot com

Ayda said...

This time last year I was moving in a new apartment with my best friend and I was also searching for a job. I would love the #2 item, the Gold and Black Beaded Leaf Headband.

Carissa said...

what pretty hair pieces indeed! my favorite is #2, the gold hair band. so beautiful.

this time last year I was doing much the same thing I am doing now... working as a reporter for my hometown newspaper, living with my boyfriend... nothing as exciting as a wedding. one thing that is different is I wasn't blogging yet! :)

congratulations on your impending 1 year anniversary! sounds like you have had a wonderful year of wedded bliss, and sharing the sheets :)

Rhianne said...

These are gorgeous, I love the Black Hand Beaded and Sequined Jessica Leaf Hair Clip/Barette.

This time last year I had just started my new job, we were in the process of moving from a little flat to a big house (yeay)and I was equally as excited as I am today about my birthday coming up in a few days!! I can't believe time has flown by so fast...

I hope you have a lovely day on your anniversary :)

Aik said...

I'd choose #2.

This time last year I was attending a leadership camp in my school.

aikychien at yahoo dot com

mint said...

I like no.2, Gold and Black Beaded Leaf Headband.

this time last year i was still a uni student and having dinner. haha

ecchan5686(at)yahoo.com.au

Little Miss Tiara said...

Ah, I've been trying to leave a comment since morning but it didn't work! So this is the third time I type it, lol. It doesn't matter though as I am feeling giddy and excited just to read the 'marriage' word, lol. Yay for 1st anniversary next month! Haha, be sure to tell us how it's going (well, next month) ha!

And ah, the #2 headband is nice, but it is said that it's sold out already, so?

laia said...

This time last year I was starting at a new job !
Love item #3, gorgeous!!

Aimee said...

Oh this time last year i was copeing?!? with the birth of my daughter, who was four months old by this time and we were getting into a good groove, but man, those are a tough first few months with your first one =o) PS I love you blog and I love #2

Mer said...

Grey and White Chiffon Moira Bloom is my favorite! This time last year I was having my bridal shower and getting ready for my wedding (Nov 08).
Thanks for the opportunity!
meredith(.)targarona(at)gmail(.)com

Stéphanie said...

Congratulations ! That's great !
(And the pictures are just beautiful !)

Eternal*Voyageur @ Venusian*Glow said...

Last year this time I was waiting for my partner to come home...

I like no. 2 best

the_eternal_voyageur at rediffmail dot com

Mo said...

ooo they are soo pretty !! especially number 3 !

im sure you looked georgous on your wedding day!!!!!!!!!!

same time last year...hum...I was starting this job...how odd..today im actually finishing my time here. I was starting and i was terrified , and kinda sad cause älskling was moving back to Sweden. Now im scared cause im moving to sweden...to him...life is fun.

clenna said...

This time last year I was baby sitting my little grand daughter who was 6 months old at the time! What a wonderful time. Since I am now retired, I have such great times with my grand kids and it saves my daughter money from day care : )

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I would love the gold leaf headband but the green is a close second.

Thanks for the chance to win these sweet hair accessories.

clenna at aol dot com

Rebecca said...

what a generous giveway...

i love item 2...(i really love them all, but if i HAVE to choose:)

last fall i was finally settling in a bit to living out west, in park city. even though i still miss the splendor of an east coast fall, i was finally able to see the beauty in my favorite season in the high desert.

lin3arossa said...

This time last year, I wasn't doing anything special. But today (yes, today!) 6 years ago, I was moving from Canada to Germany. Now I have a PhD and a 2-year-old!
I love #2

lin3arossa said...

I put a link to this post on my blog.

Mrs. Olsen said...

This time last year I had just moved from CA to AL. I can't believe it's been a year!!! I like #3 best. rebolsen at gmail dot com

insiya said...

Last year this time, I was still in depression due to my grandfather's death because of which i ended up having a one year gap in my relationship with my boyfriend. But yes now I am so glad to be back with him =)
I love anything gold so if i win i would definitely go for #2

insiya said...

In my excitement I forgot to mention my id in the previous comment !!

itzme.insi@gmail.com

Orchid Grey said...

oh, these are beautiful, I especially love #2! Wow, I can't believe it's fall already! this time last year I was getting ready to go out on the road once again to recruit art students at college fairs across the country- just as I'm readying myself for now! Congratulations on your anniversary!

Linda K said...

A year ago I was busy helping with plans for my son and daughter in law's wedding.

I like the Jessica leaf barrette

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

the Lost Earring said...

#3 is absolutely my favorite :)

This time last year, hmmm...oh we were just moving into our home by the beach! We love it here as we are only a few blocks from the shore :)

Cat G. said...

This time last year I was preparing for my wedding... making giant tissue paper pom-poms, picking out chocolate truffles for the out-of-towners, and baking up a mountain of molasses gingersnaps. Ah, fond memories! I love #2 the most, but what a tough choice!

CurlyfrySC's Collage said...

Around this time last year (the 12th) I was celebrating my 10th anniversary with my husband!

I like #2. The gold color goes beautifully with my auburn (NOT RED!), hair.

Monica said...

At this time last year I was getting giddy with fall excitement, as I always am. And I was doing lots of preview writing on holiday art exhibits and getting ready to show my jewelry on the Holiday Art Tour.

I love No. 2.

Sarah said...

Number 2 FOR SURE! Though 3's lovely as well.

Hmm, this time last year? The first issue of the magazine I work for was coming out, so I was very excited and busy with that. Now we're a year in and I can't believe how far it's come in such a short time! Also just barely beginning the wedding planning and quitting smoking (horray!) It's been a good year!

Kotori said...

I'm in love with the #2... Dionne, you always have fabulous giveaways!

As for last year at this time I was probably still crying a little bit everyday since Jack had just started kindergarten (more traumatic for me than him, for sure!). But I was really finding out how much fun it could be to have so much girl time with my little Kate. I didn't really get to have that before... this year I still miss him being home all day but I know I've got a lot to look forward to around 3pm when I can pick him up!

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

I would definitely go with #3 - stunning!!!

As for this time last year, I had just returned to San Diego after graduating from The University of Alabama and then backpacking Central and South America for about three months. I was working at Macy's selling women's shoes. Since then, I've driven from San Diego to Kentucky and have just started my Master's Degree in Nonprofit Management. What a whirlwind year it's been!!!

shrimpsaladcircus at gmail dot com

bison61 said...

last year I was babysitting my grandson-this year he is in preschool
I like the gold & black beaded leaf headband

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Mel said...

This time last year, life was routine, but happy. This year, my husband's been laid off and is trying to get a new job and we'll probably have to move - but it may be a blessing in disguise!
Anyway, I really like the second headband. It's so pretty and I love how it would stand out against my dark hair.

Le_Vintage said...

oh my gosh that last one the wedding one has me completely totally smitten!!!! i love it! and the leaf one is my second favorite, those are amazing. i'm totally following you! this time last year i lost my jobs and my man and i were trying to make ends meet. christmas was tough but without those hard times we wouldnt be here today =]

xoxo
Le Vintage

Lisa said...

One year ago, I was in my third week of school, still waiting for my books to come in. Around this time, I was also doing interviews, which actually led me to meet my SO. It's bittersweet how much things can change over a year.
Out of the three, I like the second accessory the best. Thanks for the giveaway!
the_outsider01AThotmailDOTcom

Mel said...

How lovely these are. Last year at this time I was patiently biding my time before moving into a dorm 600 miles away from my house and starting my first year of university all alone. Now I'm all ready and excited about my second year as an art major and am loving every minute of my life in school!

I adore the green leaf headband/fascinator... I can't remember which number it was :(

Soy Pea said...

Out of the three, I really like the Gold and Black Beaded Leaf Headband the best. :D

soypea@gmail.com

Soy Pea said...

This time last year I was just living in bliss dating my boyfriends at the time. He's now my fiance, and I'm dealing with the wedding planning at the moment. SO STRESSFUL...but I'm enjoying every minute of it. :)

soypea@gmail.com

Kellyn Rowland Photography said...

this time last year i was just begining my journey in college as a photographer!

two is fantastic!

Kara said...

I'm already diving head first into Christmas shopping.... I'd love #3, not as a gift for someone else but for myself! :)

Chessa! said...

happy almost anniversary!!! we are going to be married 5 years next month! wowsa. it goes so fast.

Lizzie said...

These are all so awesome, but I think I would want #2 if I had to choose a favorite.

This time last year, my husband and I had just found out that we were going to adopt our daughter (born 11/24) and we were awaiting a kidney surgery for him. It was a big fall for us!

smrtmouse at yahoo dot com

Dionne said...

Thanks for all your comments. This giveaway is now closed.

Jessica Marie said...

haha.. for some reason i didn't realize that this was a giveaway and i was going to comment anyway.

this time last year i was playing monopoly by candle light because we were without power for a week! luckily the weather was perfect though so it wasn't a big deal really.. and we had the best company to spend the time with.

i loooove the green leaf headband

accidentally, kle said...

i can't believe how many updates i've missed from you - i've been a bad blog friend! anyway, it sounds like we got married around the same time... this time last year, i was doing exactly what you were doing, and counting down the days... 4th october is our anniversary :)